Medical Education

General Overview

The Carolinas Medical Center Gastroenterology Fellowship is an ACGME-approved, three-year, flexible program designed to train board eligible/certified internal medicine specialists in the field of clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. The program will fund two fellows per year for a total of six fellows.

The program curriculum has been designed to adhere to the principles and guidelines outlined by the ACGME as well as the major national gastroenterology organizations including the AGA, ASGE, ACG and AASLD. The primary objective will be to train excellent clinicians in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology in an environment that fosters thoughtfulness and a scholarly approach to the understanding and treatment of basic disorders or the digestive tract and liver. Given the number of diverse career choices for gastroenterologists and hepatologists, the secondary objective will be to provide a flexible environment that allows fellows to tailor their third year of training to their specific needs.

Fellows will receive intensive clinical experience for at least eighteen months during the program with at least six of those months focusing on hepatology. There will be 6 months of protected time for an individualized research experience during the second year. The third year will be focused on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), pancreatico-biliary disease and an out-patient experience at the Charlotte VA out-patient facility. Arrangements for additional hepatology training and/or research time are also available depending on an individual fellow’s preferences and needs.

A basic breakdown of activities by year is as follows:

Year 1:
4 months general gastroenterology in-patient service; 5 months out-patient endoscopy service; 3 months hepatology service; general gastroenterology clinic ½ day per week.

Year 2:
6 months protected research time; 2 months in-patient gastroenterology service; 3 months hepatology service; 1 month IBD; general gastroenterology clinic ½ day per week; continue to perform basic endoscopic procedures plus additional advanced esophageal procedures (manometry, pH monitoring, impedance testing) and wireless capsule endoscopy.

Year 3:
3 months of focus on biliary and pancreatic diseases with exposure to related endoscopic procedures; 5 months of IBD clinic, 1 month as junior attending on in-patient GI consult service, 1 month equivalent of out-patient endoscopic procedures at the Charlotte VA out-patient facility; general gastroenterology clinic ½ day per week. The remainder of the year will be tailored to the individual fellow and consist of various electives and/or continued research.

During the course of training, fellows will participate in a weekly Problem Case Conference, a weekly Core Curriculum Conference, a monthly Journal Club, a monthly Research Conference and periodic Pathology and Board Review Conferences. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend at least one national gastroenterology or hepatology conference per year as well as our annual Carolinas Medical Center Hepatology/Gastroenterology Course.

Please visit the links below for Salary and Benefits information.

If interested in the Gastroenterology Fellowship, please contact our Program Coordinator Nancy J. Frazier at 704-355-7479

Faculty

Martin W. Scobey, MD, FACP, AGAF
Dr. Scobey is the Program Director and received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the Wake Forest University. He joined the faculty of Carolinas Medical Center in 2007 to serve as the Chief of Gastroenterology in the Department of Internal Medicine. He currently holds an appointment as a clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Scobey's interests include general gastroenterology, esophageal motility disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

Shailendra Singh Chauhan, MD, AGAF, FASGE
Dr. Chauhan received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and completed his Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at St. Luke’s Pancreatic and Biliary Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Areas of interest: Interventional Endoscopy, ERCP, EUD, GI Stenting, Enteroscopy, EMR, ESD, Endoscopy in Surgically Altered Anatomy, Acute Pancreatitis, Chronic Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cysts and Gastrointestinal Malignancies.

Andrew deLemos, MD
Dr. deLemos received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship and advanced hepatology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Areas of interest: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis and liver transplantation.

Andrew M. Dries, MD
Dr. Dries is the Program Director of the 4th Year Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship, received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Dries' areas of focus include endoscopic ultrasound and therapeutic pancreatic-biliary endoscopy.

See more information about the 4th Year Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship.

Hanson_John_LC.jpg John S. Hanson, MD, AGAF
Dr. Hanson received his medical degree from Washington University and completed his Digestive Disease Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Areas of interest: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Transplant Hepatology and Crohn's Disease.

Jason Lewis, MD
Dr. Lewis received his medical degree from SUNY, Syracuse. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan and his advanced endoscopic fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. Areas of interest: endoscopic ultrasound, therapeutic pancreatic-biliary endoscopy and enteral stenting for benign and malignant GI disease.

Thomas Roberts, MD
Dr. Roberts received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Ohio State University. Areas of interest: general gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease.

Mark W. Russo, MD, MPH
Dr. Russo received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his gastroenterology and transplant hepatology fellowships at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Russo is the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Carolinas Medical Center. Areas of interest: liver transplantation; drug induced liver disease, fatty liver disease and the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis.

See more information about the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship.

Paul Schmeltzer, MD
Dr. Schmeltzer received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He then completed a transplant hepatology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Areas of interest: viral hepatitis, drug-induced liver injury, and hepatobiliary malignancy.

Philippe Zamor, MD
Dr. Zamor received his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his transplant hepatology training at the Columbia University Medical Center. Areas of interest: treatment of hepatitis C, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver transplantation.

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